Hey everyone! In the past I've shared some useful Internet tools for writers (and I'll be sharing an update on that next week, followed by a post about fun websites and apps), but today I thought I'd share some great tools for anyone to use. So here we go!
Pixlr Photo Editor
This is my photo editor of choice, a free online program that has a fair amount of options and complexity, but is also easy enough to navigate. I'm not terribly experienced in photo-editing for commercial purposes, but this works for me in editing my personal photos. (There's also an app.)
Giphy Gif Editor
This website allows you to easily create gifs out of image slideshows or videos, and the gifs are public, which means you can search a trove to find the gif you want. I use this website the most for my gif-y needs.
Genius Song Lyrics
I know a lot of people don't pay much attention to song lyrics, but they're an important piece of the art and the message, and as a writer, I do care! So I always look up songs before I buy them for myself, and I've found that this website is the best in terms of lyric accuracy and analysis. (It also has a music news aspect, but I don't usually pay attention to that.)
Sometimes, I need to make a choice, but I don't have any real preference. In the case of my long list of library books to read, I also like to mix things up. So I use this tool to help me decide which part of the list to start on and whether to go up or down as I go through the list. So if you need to make that kind of choice, try this out!
Need a basic word counter that includes reading stats and data on your most common words? This one does the job! I've used it for school assignments, which don't require the same extensive editing as my novels, but which can still use a good review.
If you need to make a presentation but are a little bored with PowerPoint, this is a great free alternative. I really like the design options it offers, and if you want a more complex version with more options, there are paid plans.
ManicTime and SmarterTime
Moving into programs and apps, these are the two time trackers that I recommend. I don't always use time trackers, but every once in a while I'll have a concern about my productivity that I want to check.
ManicTime is a computer program that tracks what programs you're using, what documents you're using on those programs, and when you're using them. I'm holding onto this one, because it'll allow me to make more accurate final bills in my soon-to-open editing business. I won't be wasting client's money by including time where I was away from the computer or working in a different program.
SmarterTime is an app that tracks and categorizes what you're doing on your phone and also uses past data, including GPS location, to determine what you're spending time on during the day (you do have to enter your schedule for a while so that it'll learn it, and then make corrections here and there afterwards). SmarterTime offers a connected computer use tracker, but it's not as detailed or as effective as ManicTime's.
There have been times when the technology I was using (computers and phones and the like) had a fairly limited amount of space and it caused problems in my work. CCleaner is a really great, free cleaner (both a program and an app) that's more effective than the Windows disk cleanup. If you're in a tight spot with your drive space, I recommend giving it a go.
This is one of a number of apps that stores and makes accessible information that medics and the like might need if you get into an accident or some other kind of emergency. I haven't had any problems using this one, so I'm recommending it!
What tools would you recommend? Share them in the comments, and I'll be back next week with Internet tools specifically of use for writers!
Images via smarttechguys.com and apk4fun.com.
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